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Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises

Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders

With plenty of exercises for your personal retrospective toolbox, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives and to get more out of them - Foreword by Esther Derby, co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.
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About the Book

Paperback Edition available on AmazonLulu, and Barnes & Noble.

We present you: A new agile book with many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

This is a book for agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who already have some experience with retrospectives. 

With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives.

Want to stay informed about retrospectives and future versions of our book?

Join us at or join Luis Goncalves Monthly Webinar right here.

This book is being translated into many languages, they are all available on Leanpub.

Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves

About the authors

We are both active bloggers at and On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that practicing different exercises helps to develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises and get more value out of them


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Reader Testimonials

  • Gojko Adzic

    Gojko Adzic

    Strategic software delivery consultant

    "People tasked with facilitating team retrospectives, such as agile coaches or Scrum masters, will benefit the most from the book as it contains several great ideas for organising and troubleshooting retrospectives. "

  • Lisa Crispin

    Lisa Crispin

    Agile testing coach and practitioner

    "Try the exercises in this book whether your team is new to retrospectives, new to agile in general, or quite experienced with agile and retros but in need of a refreshing change."

  • Franco Martinig

    Franco Martinig

    Editor of Software Development Books and Methods & Tools

    "This is a book that I naturally recommend to every people that has to run retrospectives, but also to every project manager that wants to facilitate meetings to solve issues in software development projects."

  • Mary Beijleveld

    Mary Beijleveld

    Agile Coach and trainer at VX Company

    "Handig, alles bij elkaar in een boekje. Heb ‘m meteen gedownload. Ben, bedankt!"

  • Jason Little

    Jason Little

    Author of Lean Change Management

    "I just finished this book, it's a must-have reference guide for any facilitator, not just Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. What sets this book apart is that each section has a "when to use this technique" and detailed instructions for how to do it. "

  • Adrian Fittolani

    Adrian Fittolani

    Program Director (Market) at Envato, blogs at

    "(...) hit this little beauty – Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders. It’s a really quick read full of ideas to mix it up in your retrospectives."

  • Mirella de Vries

    Mirella de Vries

    Product Owner / Informatieanalist at IT&Care BV

    "I was looking for a practical guide with a short introduction on restrospectives and lots of examples which I could use during our retrospectives. I found it all in this book!"

  • Steve Berczuk

    Steve Berczuk

    Principal Engineer and ScrumMaster at Fitbit and Editor at Techwell

    "Skim the book to get a sense of what’s there, and then use it as a reference as you plan your next retrospective. (...) This book will help you keep your retrospectives fresh."

  • Pierre Neis

    Pierre Neis

    Senior Lean Agile Coach

    "This is an interesting book to understand and perform Retrospectives for Agile Teams. Highly recommended for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches."

  • Fabian Schiller

    Fabian Schiller

    Agile & Scrum Coach

    "This book is great! Every ScrumMaster and Agile Coach should have it on his bookshelf. You can get many practicable ideas for conducting retrospectives from this book. And it is really easily accessible."

  • Jesse Houwing

    Jesse Houwing

    Lead Consultant (ALM, Agile)

    "Great hands-on book with multiple techniques, tools, aims and all in a very hands-on manner."

  • Henny Portman

    Henny Portman

    PMO consultant at NN Group

    "a must read for scrum masters, agile coaches and project managers to assure that their retrospectives get the attention they need to get the most out of them as well as expanding their toolbox."

  • Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • What Is an Agile Retrospective?
    • Why Do We Do Retrospectives?
    • Business Value of Agile Retrospectives
    • Pre-Requirements for Retrospectives
    • Designing a Retrospective
    • Retrospective Exercises
      • Asking Questions
      • Starfish
      • Sailboat
      • One-Word Retrospective
      • Car Brand
      • Happiness Index
      • Five Times Why
      • Constellation
      • Team Assessment Survey
      • Strengths-Based Retrospective
      • High Performance Tree
      • Value Stream Mapping
      • Retrospective of Retrospectives
    • Benefits of Retrospectives
    • Adopting Agile Retrospectives
    • A Retrospectives Book in Your Language
    • Develop Your Agile Retrospective Facilitation Skills
    • Valuable Agile Retrospectives
    • Bibliography

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